The discovery of Google’s seemingly endless trove of innovations continues with Google Gadgets. Google has teamed up with IBM to bring Gadgets into Websphere portal pages. Websphere portals are popular with large corporates where the company integrates a variety of components , applications and processes into a composite presentation. The collaboration with Google called “IBM Google Gadget Portlet” allows corporate users “to create, customize, and use nearly 4,000 Google gadgets, including language translators, package delivery trackers, Podcast searches, Wikipedia information, YouTube postings, and more, directly from within the portal, as ready-to-use services”. That enables companies to allow greater access to popular web applications while policing what is done and used. In plain English – it limits employees from being distracted while trawling the internet but enables access for a variety of “productive” uses. Among the companies signing on – Starwood hotels.
As one stockmarket wag remarked “Google at $500 remains cheap” – that’s $52 dollars below the last closing price. Given their relentless appetite for innovation, it may not be that much of a leap of faith to buy into that price!